For women, sex toys are a big part of their erotic natures. Whether they keep a little Magic Egg or Bullet or even a rabbit vibrator in their bedside table, it is normal and healthy to masturbate. Studies show women who masturbate and achieve orgasm frequently have better urinary tract health, less incidence of diabetes, less stress and lower occurrence of clinical depression. Much of this is owed to the release of endorphins, serotonin and other “happy” chemicals by the body and brain during and after climax. However, women sex toys need to be safe and used hygienically, to avoid the risk of infection.
Hygiene and Safety for Women Sex Toys
Women and men are made differently, obviously. A woman’s genitalia is mainly internal, with the external labia (lips) protecting the internal labia, clitoris, and vaginal opening. The majority of a woman’s “plumbing” is deep inside her pelvis. The vagina is a warm, moist area that can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and fungi if proper hygiene and care of female sex toys is not taken. Additionally, several venereal diseases such as herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital warts and several kinds of vaginal infections can be transmitted via shared body fluids on a sex toy.
One big factor in safety and hygiene for sex toys is their material. Since sex toys are frequently inserted into the vagina or anus, or at least come in contact with bodily fluids, they need to be cleaned frequently to keep them from becoming a potential source of infection. Any women sex toy that is inserted into the vagina and/or anal area should be made of a material that can be sterilized using a bleach solution, hypoallergenic disinfectant solution, or even exposure to high heat.
The safest materials for sex toys for women are glass, hard non-porous plastic, and silicone. Newer materials like CyberSkin are easy to keep clean as well. The best choices for safe women sex toys are silicone and CyberSkin, because they are both pleasantly flesh-like to the touch, warm quickly to body temperature, are flexible yet firm, and very importantly, can be easily cleaned and sterilized.
Latex rubber, or jelly rubber, is frequently used in female masturbation toys because it is soft, easily molded, and inexpensive. Some people can develop an allergy to latex products, so wearing a condom or using only water-based lubricants can avoid this reaction (oil-based lubes have been shown to affect the material’s integrity). Although it is inexpensive and makes for great girls sex toys, jelly rubber is porous and can easily become contaminated if the items are not washed with a strong antibacterial soap solution after every use. Good rules of thumb for female sex toys made of jelly rubber are to not share toys and clean them thoroughly every time, including taking them apart if they have straps, attachments or overlapping parts.
Another problem with women sex toys made of jelly rubber is that frequently they are made with chemicals called phthalates. These chemicals have been shown to cause several kinds of adverse health reactions in both people and animals. About 70% of the sex toys sold in the US were made in China, where usage of phthalates is unregulated. Check the manufacturing location on your female masturbation toys, and if they were made in China, verify that they are phthalate-free before buying.
Exercising some basic, common-sense hygiene steps for using sex toys for women can avoid a multitude of problems. Use them safely, keep them clean, but most of all, enjoy them!